From the daily archives: "Tuesday, June 2, 2015"

dark hair

Though many people think summer hair equals lighter hair, I say rules are meant to be broken. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that some of your favorite IT girls are going darker not lighter for the sunny season. So whether your eyeing Katy Perry’s inky shade or a subtle “bronde,” dark hair is beautiful, and a perfectly dramatic statement all year long. But going brunette, doesn’t come without challenges. There are a few things you should now before stepping into the dark side. Click through to style notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

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eggplant

American eggplants are a flat purple shade so dark it almost looks black. But Indian eggplant while still dark has a warmer, reddish hue that’s much more appetizing. To mimic the color in hair thin strips of burgundy are blended with a deep violet brown to create a dappled, earthy hue that’s richly pigmented but not too vibrant. Get the formulas for this yummy hue in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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beach waves

Loose braids and soft, crimped waves combine to form the perfect summer style. Even if you don’t have much in the way of natural texture, this look is easy to create. The secret is braiding hair twice, once for texture and one once for style. Click the style notes for step-by-step instructions. –– Laura Martin

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Woman with scissors

As a professional hairstylist I know getting frequent haircuts is the key to keeping your hair looking thick and healthy, but this is not something I abide by for myself. I am pretty much the opposite. While I don’t advocate it for everyone, because it can give you more tangles and split ends than you can count, it may be the road you want to travel, at least if you are growing your hair out. Click the notes for the reasons I stopped cutting my hair. –– Kelly Rowe

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